Thursday, 21 August 2014

Festival Information

Festival Information:

Hong Kong is a place that carries a style of Western Asian, this means Hong Kong celebrates both holiday from the western side of the world like Christmas, Easter, Halloween and even Spring Breaks; at the same time, we also carry our traditional Chinese celebration festivals such as Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat, Mid-Autumn or more. Each festival celebration has its own story behind. Magzila will list out those popular ones with details behind:

    


 

Christmas (聖誕節)

Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday generally observed on December 25  to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.

Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is considered the Son of God, and the savior of all people. With the birth of Christ, Christianity essentially begins; thus, Christmas also celebrates the beginning of Christianity.

  • (Food type) candy cane, ginger bread, turkey, pies, cakes, cookies,
  • (Character type) Santa clause, angels, ginger bread, snowman, ring deer, Jesus,
  • (Animal type) Deer, Bear, Penguin,
  • (Object type) Christmas tree, ornaments, jingle bells, ribbons, snowflake, stockings, christmas hats & dress, stars, balls, gifts, snows,
  • (Flower type) Christmas flower (red/gold), Christmas Tree, wreath, garland,
  • (On behalf of the color) red, green, gold, pink, white, mix of all colors (colorful),

Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian. In some non-Christian countries, periods of former colonial rule introduced the celebration (e.g. Hong Kong); in others, Christian minorities or foreign cultural influences have led populations to observe the holiday. Countries such as Japan and Korea, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift-giving, decorations and Christmas trees. Notable countries in which Christmas is not a formal public holiday include People''s Republic of China, (excepting Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Thailand, Nepal, Iran, Turkey and North Korea. Christmas celebrations around the world can vary markedly in form, reflecting differing cultural and national traditions.

 Christmas Services

We specialize in magnificent commercial holiday decor for cities and shopping centers. Decorations create happiness for our city and it plays an very important role to keep Hong Kong looking good!!

* Brainstorm Front Ideas (建立最開始的設計概念)
* Skyline Decorations (天花或向天的裝飾
物料)
* Low Level Decor (比較低的裝飾物料)
* Real Xmas Tree / Flower Setup (
聖誕樹/聖誕花)
* Artificial Xmas Tree / Flower Setup (仿真
聖誕樹/仿真聖誕花)
* Festive Light Displays (節日燈飾安裝)
* Figurines/Props (立體物件/道具)
* Theatricals & Sculptures (戲劇演出/雕塑物)
* Silkscreen Banners (絲印橫額)
* Digital Banners (數碼橫額)


What is Christmas

Christmas, also referred to as Christmas Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25 or January 7 that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.  The day marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.[4] The nativity of Jesus, which is the basis for the anno Domini system of dating, is thought to have occurred between 7 and 2 BC. December 25 is not thought to be Jesus'''' actual date of birth, and the date may have been chosen to correspond with either a Roman festival, or with the winter solstice.

Modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, Church celebrations, and the display of various decorations including the Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. Santa Claus (also referred to as Father Christmas, although the two figures have different origins) is a popular mythological figure often associated with bringing gifts at Christmas for children. Santa is generally believed to be the result of a synchronization between Saint Nicholas and elements from pagan Nordic and Christian mythology, and his modern appearance is believed to have originated in 19th century media.

Christmas is celebrated throughout the Christian population, but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. Because gift-giving and several other aspects of the holiday involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, Christmas has become a major event for many retailers.

 


 

Chinese New Year (農曆新年)

Chinese New Year is an very important seasonal celebration for Chinese around the globe.

  • (Food type) candy, pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies
  • (Character type) greeting couple, god of wealth, happy kids
  • (Animal type) Animal from Chinese Zodiac (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig), dragon puppets (marionette-style), double fishes
  • (Object type) firecrackers, Chinese Lanterns, red pocket (or envelopes), ingot, fireworks, coins, weaving hanging fringes, knots
  • (Flower type) peach blossom (living blooms), azalea, peony, and water lily or narcissus, Lucky Bamboo
  • (On behalf of the color) bright red, pink, gold

Homes and businesses are decorated with poetic couplets wishing people good luck; large red lighted-up lantern are hanging everywhere for seasonal celebration; children can get red pocket with money inside as a New Year blessing; everyone get a long vacation and get a chance to see their families for gathering; having a living blooms symbolize rebirth and new growth. Celebrate your Chinese New Year with Style - Ideas, tips, personal thoughts about creating wonderful parties, special events. Get idea of Chinese New Year Party Decoration or decor through Magdecoration.com.

Chinese New Year Festival Services

Chinese New Year is important to the Chinese because it means we are starting a new year + a new life. Great Celebrations will help bring in a great new year. Our responsibility is to fill up the festival atmosphere around cities and shopping centers. Decorations create happiness for our city and it plays an very important role to keep Hong Kong looking good!!

* Brainstorm Front Ideas (建立最開始的設計概念)
* Skyline Decorations (天花或向天的裝飾物料)
* Low Level Decor (比較低的裝飾物料)
* Characteristics Decor for different Chinese Zodiac (不同生肖的肖像)
* Real Peach Blossom Tree / Plants Setup (桃花樹/年花)
* Artificial Flower Setup (仿真年花)
* Red Lantern Light Display (紅色傳統燈籠)
* Figurines/Props (立體物件/道具)
* Theatricals & Sculptures (戲劇演出/雕塑物)
* Silkscreen Banners (絲印橫額)
* Digital Banners (數碼橫額)

Chinese Zodiac Sign


Year 2014  year of Horse
Year 2013 - year of snake
Year 2012 - year of dragon
Year 2011 - year of rabbit
Year 2010 - year of tiger
Year 2009 - year of ox (cow)
Year 2008 - year of rat
Year 2007 - year of pig (boar)
Year 2006 - year of dog
Year 2005 - year of rooster (chicken)
Year 2004 - year of monkey
Year 2003 - year of sheep
Year 2002 - year of horse
Year 2001 - year of snake
Year 2000 - year of dragon

The Sheng Xiao (Chinese: 生肖; also known as Birthpet, or Chinese zodiac animal, Chinese zodiac sign) is 12 animals which are representative of years in some East Asia countries, and the Chinese zodiac is the 12-year cycle of these 12 animals. Each year of the 12-year cycle is named after one of the original 12 animals. Each animal has a different personality and different characteristics. The animal is believed to be the main factor in each person''''s life that gives them their traits, success and happiness in their lifetime.

The Chinese zodiac refers to a pure calendrical cycle; there are no equivalent constellations like those of the occidental zodiac. In imperial times there were astrologers who watched the sky for heavenly omens that would predict the future of the state, but this was a quite different practice of divination from the popular present-day methods.

 


 

Easter Festival (復活節)

Easter is a celebration of Jesus''s resurrected. Some if its main celebrating characters will be chicken, rabbit, colorful eggs, baskets, etc. We are expert on schools or shopping malls functions during Easter Holiday, contact us today for ideas that will fit your event.

  • (Food type) Eggs, Chocolate,  
  • (Animal type) Chicken, Rabbit,
  • (Object type) Nest, Trees, Candles, Flowers, Grass,
  • (Flower type) Spring flowers, sunflowers, Flowers with bright colors
  • (On behalf of the color) red, green, orange, yellow, pink, blue, green, colorful!!

Easter Services

We specialize in magnificent commercial holiday decor for cities and shopping centers. Decorations create happiness for our city and it plays an very important role to keep Hong Kong looking good!!

* Brainstorm Front Ideas (建立最開始的設計概念)
* Skyline Decorations (天花或向天的裝飾物料)
* Low Level Decor (比較低的裝飾物料)
* Festive Light Displays (節日燈飾安裝)
* Figurines/Props (立體物件/道具)
* Silkscreen Banners (絲印橫額)
* Digital Banners (數碼橫額)

What is Easter

Easter is the most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead three days after his crucifixion, and celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day, or Easter Sunday, two days after Good Friday. The year of his death and resurrection is variously estimated between the years 26 and 36 AD.

Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascensionval-icon/festival-icon_xm Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of prayer and penance.

[*Quoted from wikipedia.org]

 


 

Halloween (萬聖節)

Halloween decorations are generally divided into two categories: cute Halloween decor or horror Halloween decor.

    • (Food type) pumpkin, candy, cupcake, grimace biscuits,
    • (Character type) the devil, bloody devil, bloody hands, bloody feet, blood baby, Witch, Frankenstein, grimace, mummies, zombies
    • (Animal type) spiders, black cats, bats
    • (Object type) blood-stained cloth, cobwebs, graves, blood, masks, wigs, coffin, lanterns, magic tree, the moon
    • (On behalf of the color) orange, black, white, green

In addition to the above Halloween decorations, there are many fine gifts for distribution or items that can be worn for dress-up parties. Halloween is a more Western-oriented festivals, many western or westernized countries will also have a series of festive decoration during the time. In fact, Hong Kong has gradually started to celebrate this festival, and launched a number of theme parties.

Halloween (or Hallowe’en) is a holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints. It is largely a secular celebration, but some Christians and Pagans have expressed strong feelings about its religious overtones. Irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America during Ireland\\''s Great Famine of 1846. The day is often associated with the colors orange and black, and is strongly associated with symbols such as the jack-o\\''-lantern. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o\\''-lanterns, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies.

Halloween Services

We specialize in magnificent commercial holiday decor for cities and shopping centers. Decorations create happiness for our city and it plays an very important role to keep Hong Kong looking good!!

* Brainstorm Front Ideas (建立最開始的設計概念)
* Skyline Decorations (天花或向天的裝飾物料)
* Low Level Decor (比較低的裝飾物料)
* Festive Light Displays (節日燈飾安裝)
* Figurines/Props (立體物件/道具)
* Silkscreen Banners (絲印橫額)
* Digital Banners (數碼橫額)

 

What is Halloween

The history of Halloween can be traced back 2,000 years. It was during these ancient times in Europe that the Celts celebrated the beginning of winter on the evening of October 31st. November 1st was the first day of their new year and it also marked the first day of winter. They believed that death was strongly linked to the long and bitter winter. The Celts thought that during the winter the dead and the living existed simultaneously because it was on this day that the dead roamed the earth. Samhain was the name they gave to their celebration of the dead on the evening of October 31st.

However, when Christians began to gain authority in the 800s, the history of Halloween was forever changed; November 1st became known as All Saints Day or All-Hallows. It is believed that the Christians slightly altered the holiday into a church related celebration, honoring deceased saints. Not unlike Celtic tradition though, the Christians too honored the dead on this day. The evening of October 31st soon became known as All-Hallows Eve and was eventually changed to Halloween.

Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. For instance, the carving of jack-o''-lanterns springs from the souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory.The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween,but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips. The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.

The imagery of Halloween is derived from many sources, including national customs, works of Gothic and horror literature (such as the novels Frankenstein and Dracula), and classic horror films (such as Frankenstein and The Mummy).[10] Among the earliest works on the subject of Halloween is from Scottish poet John Mayne in 1780, who made note of pranks at Halloween; "What fearfu'' pranks ensue!", as well as the supernatural associated with the night, "Bogies" (ghosts), influencing Robert Burns'' Halloween 1785. Elements of the autumn season, such as pumpkins, corn husks, and scarecrows, are also prevalent. Homes are often decorated with these types of symbols around Halloween.

Halloween imagery includes themes of death, evil, the occult, or mythical monsters. Black and orange are the holiday''s traditional colors.

 


 

Mid-Autumn Festival / Chinese Moon Festival (中秋節)

Moon Cake Festival: A Mid-Autumn Festival (Chung Chiu), the third major festival of the Chinese calendar, is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month. This festival corresponds to harvest festival s observed by Western cultures (in Hong Kong, it is held in conjunction with the annual Lantern Festival).

  • (Food type) moon cake,
  • (Character type) Houyi and Chang''e, 
  • (Animal type) rabbits, fish, peacock, birds,
  • (Object type) the moon, lotus flowers, pond, lanterns, temple, riddles
  • (On behalf of the color) yellow, red, pink, purple, colorful

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomeloes together. Its mainly decor is building up large brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers and floating sky lanterns.

Moon Cake Festival: A Mid-Autumn Festival (Chung Chiu), the third major festival of the Chinese calendar, is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month. This festival corresponds to harvest festival s observed by Western cultures (in Hong Kong, it is held in conjunction with the annual Lantern Festival).

The Mid-Autumn Festival (Chinese: 中秋節), also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. A description of the festival first appeared in Rites of Zhou, a written collection of rituals of the Western Zhou Dynasty from 3,000 years ago. The celebration became popular during the early Tang Dynasty. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the autumnal equinox. The Government of the People''s Republic of China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006, and it was made a Chinese public holiday in 2008. It is also a Taiwanese public holiday.

Mid-Autumn Services

We specialize in magnificent commercial holiday decor for cities and shopping centers. Decorations create happiness for our city and it plays an very important role to keep Hong Kong looking good!!

* Brainstorm Front Ideas (建立最開始的設計概念)
* Skyline Decorations (天花或向天的裝飾物料)
* Low Level Decor (比較低的裝飾物料)
* Festive Light Displays (節日燈飾安裝)
* Figurines/Props (立體物件/道具)
* Silkscreen Banners (絲印橫額)
* Digital Banners (數碼橫額)

 

What is Mid-Autumn Festival

Moon Cake Festival: A Mid-Autumn Festival (Chung Chiu), the third major festival of the Chinese calendar, is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month. This festival corresponds to harvest festival s observed by Western cultures (in Hong Kong, it is held in conjunction with the annual Lantern Festival).

Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Chinese people believe that on that day,  the moon is the biggest, roundest and brightest.  And the term round implies family reunion in Chinese. So the Moon Festival is a festival for members of a family to get together wherever it is possible.  Sons and daughters will bring their family members back to their parents'' house, typically having dinner together, for a reunion.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the others being Spring Festival and Winter Solstice. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:

  • Eating mooncakes.
  • Matchmaking. In some parts of China, dances are held for young men and women to find partners. "One by one, young women are encouraged to throw their handkerchiefs to the crowd. The young man who catches and returns the handkerchief has a chance of romance.
  • Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns.
  • Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang''e Fire Dragon Dances.
  • Moon rabbit is a traditional icon.